Expedition Overview

Expedition Overview

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2024 Select Departures at 2023 Cabin Fares

Select 2024 departures may be eligible for 2023 prices on cabin fare. Must book by January 13, 2023. Not combinable with any other offer. Excludes departures on Sea Cloud, Lord of the Glens, Delfin II, Jahan, and Oberoi Philae. Savings cannot be applied to extensions or land-only programs. Call for details.

Available Departures
  • May 1-6, 2024
  • May 6-11, 2024
  • May 11-18, 2024
  • May 16-21, 2024
  • May 16-21, 2024
  • May 18-25, 2024
  • May 19-26, 2024
  • May 21-26, 2024
  • May 21-26, 2024
  • May 25-Jun 1, 2024
  • May 26-31, 2024
  • May 26-31, 2024
  • May 26-Jun 2, 2024
  • May 31-Jun 5, 2024
  • Jun 1-8, 2024
  • Jun 2-9, 2024
  • Jun 5-10, 2024
  • Jun 8-15, 2024
  • Jun 9-16, 2024
  • Jun 10-15, 2024
  • Jun 15-22, 2024
  • Jun 16-23, 2024
  • Jun 20-25, 2024
  • Jun 22-29, 2024
  • Jun 23-30, 2024
  • Jun 25-30, 2024
  • Jun 29-Jul 6, 2024
  • Jun 30-Jul 5, 2024
  • Jun 30-Jul 7, 2024
  • Jul 5-10, 2024
  • Jul 6-13, 2024
  • Jul 7-14, 2024
  • Jul 13-20, 2024
  • Jul 14-21, 2024
  • Jul 20-25, 2024
  • Jul 20-27, 2024
  • Jul 21-28, 2024
  • Jul 23-28, 2024
  • Jul 27-Aug 3, 2024
  • Jul 28-Aug 2, 2024
  • Jul 28-Aug 4, 2024
  • Jul 30-Aug 4, 2024
  • Aug 2-7, 2024
  • Aug 3-10, 2024
  • Aug 4-11, 2024
  • Aug 4-9, 2024
  • Aug 7-12, 2024
  • Aug 9-14, 2024
  • Aug 10-17, 2024
  • Aug 11-18, 2024
  • Aug 12-17, 2024
  • Aug 14-19, 2024
  • Aug 17-22, 2024
  • Aug 17-24, 2024
  • Aug 18-25, 2024
  • Aug 19-24, 2024
  • Aug 22-27, 2024
  • Aug 24-29, 2024
  • Aug 24-31, 2024
  • Aug 25-Sep 1, 2024
  • Aug 27-Sep 1, 2024
  • Aug 29-Sep 3, 2024
  • Sep 1-8, 2024
  • Sep 1-6, 2024
  • Sep 6-11, 2024
  • The National Geographic Quest and National Geographic Venture are each equipped with a fleet of expedition landing craft and kayaks, allowing for in-depth exploration of icebergs, calving glaciers, and hidden coves.
  • Glimpse Alaska’s seldom-seen marine life alongside our undersea specialist, and listen to communication among whales with the ship’s hydrophone.
  • Hear a Tlingit cultural interpreter share the oral lore of Alaska’s indigenous populations.
  • Meet members of the Alaska Whale Foundation to learn about the behaviors of the area whale population.

Itinerary

Itinerary

Experience the remarkable beauty of southeast Alaska on a voyage aboard the National Geographic Quest or National Geographic Venture. Discover a rugged landscape of mist-shrouded fjords, tidewater glaciers, and islands teeming with wildlife—from bald eagles and brown bears to orcas and humpback whales. Kayak into secluded inlets and around dramatic icebergs, spend a full day in spectacular Glacier Bay National Park, and learn firsthand about Alaska’s rich Native American heritage.

This trip is operated in collaboration with Lindblad Expeditions.

Day 1: Juneau, Alaska

Enjoy a tour of the Juneau area before embarking the ship.

Meals Included:Dinner
Accommodations:

National Geographic Venture or National Geographic Quest

Day 2: Tracy Arm-Fords Terror Wilderness

Voyage into Tracy or Endicott Arm, both spectacular glacially carved fjords. See the soaring South Sawyer or Dawes Glacier up close, and take a cruise in an expedition landing craft for an unbeatable view of sculpted icebergs. Keep an eye out for harbor seals, porpoises, and arctic terns.

Meals Included:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 3: Petersburg

Search for humpback whales as we head toward the small town of Petersburg on Mitkof Island, founded more than a hundred years ago by Norwegian fishermen. Explore Southeast Alaska’s muskeg, an area with stunted trees and carnivorous plants. There is an opportunity for bike riding (weather permitting). Enjoy a crab feast for dinner this evening.

Meals Included:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 4: Exploring Frederick Sound and Chatham Strait

These waters often offer great whale watching. Look for Steller sea lions stretched out on the rocky islands that dot the channels, and take a walk with naturalists along a quiet forest trail or kayak in the area's tiny coves. Meet members of the Alaska Whale Foundation (their schedule permitting)—whose work is supported by a grant from the Lindblad Expeditions-National Geographic Fund—and discuss some of their recent discoveries about the region's marine mammal population.

Meals Included:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 5: The Inian Islands and Icy Strait

Cruise among the Inian Islands, where an upwelling of undersea organisms attracts an abundance of marine life. Hike nearby islands, kayak, and search for marine mammals in the rich waters off Icy Strait. Conditions permitting, we’ll lower the ship’s hydrophone to listen in on whale communication.

Meals Included:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 6: Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve

By special permit, explore Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve today. See glaciers that end abruptly at the water’s edge, and observe them calving—when tons of ice crash into the sea. Wilderness abounds—mountain goats and brown bears patrol the shore; and harbor seals, Steller sea lions, and puffins swim in these icy waters. A native Tlingit interpreter joins us to discuss Alaskan indigenous culture, and a National Park Service ranger will offer insights on the natural world.

Meals Included:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 7: Exploring Alaska's Islands, Bays, and Fjords

Today, nature is our guide. We may explore an isolated beach to go beachcombing and peer into tide pools, by special permission hike stunning forest trails in the Tongass National Forest, or see bear tracks worn into the soil while walking through an isolated meadow. Sightings of bald eagles are very common. If conditions permit, we’ll go kayaking, always watching for marine and terrestrial life.

Meals Included:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 8: Sitka

After breakfast, disembark in Sitka, Southeast Alaska’s only oceanfront town. Visit the onion-domed St. Michael’s Russian Orthodox Cathedral. At the Alaska Raptor Center, get an up-close view of species normally seen at a distance. Drive to the airport for your flight home.

Meals Included:Breakfast